Lift off at Sherwood Pines

Lift off for expanded jump zone in Sherwood Pines'' ''A spectacular "dirt jump" area in Sherwood Pines Forest Park has been doubled in size by the Forestry Commission to cope with demand from mountain bikers.
Lift off for expanded jump zone in Sherwood Pines'' ''A spectacular "dirt jump" area in Sherwood Pines Forest Park has been doubled in size by the Forestry Commission to cope with demand from mountain bikers.
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A SPECTACULAR dirt jump area in Sherwood Pines Forest Park has been doubled in size by the Forestry Commission to cope with demand from mountain bikers.

The six-hectare site, near Clipstone, has become a magnet for cycle fans who want to defy gravity and hone their jumping skills in what is the largest such attraction nearby.

The feature was originally conceived on a smaller scale three years ago to deter youngsters from building informal earthen jumps, which posed a potential threat to conservation and archaeological sites.

But rather than trying to outlaw such wild jumps the commission worked with local bikers to create a new propose built area.

Now this has been expanded and the complex revamped by world class mountain biker, Rowan Sorrel, part of a trail design team called Back on Tracks.

Forestry Commission recreation manager Chris Bray said the project has been worth every penny.

“The project has cost about £10,0000, but this is money well spent,” he said.

“The dirt jumping area has been a massive success and as well as providing a stunning experience for riders it has also brought lots of social benefits, giving youngsters a focus for their energies.”

“We hope to run workshops on dirt jump building and maintenance as well as skills sessions, all designed to help riders embrace the facility and claim a stake in its future.”

For further information on bike trails and facilities in Sherwood Pines go to www.forestry.gov.uk/EastMidlands